Raise the roof!
Your roof is the crowning glory of your home, and it’s important to understand the different components that make it up. Not only will this knowledge help you identify potential issues, but it will also give you a newfound appreciation for the engineering that goes into keeping you and your family safe and dry.
This is the base layer of your roof that provides structural support. It’s typically made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). Think of it as the foundation for your roof.
Without it, your roof would collapse like a house of cards.
This is a water-resistant barrier that sits on top of the decking.
Its purpose is to protect your home from water infiltration in case the shingles are damaged. It’s like an umbrella for your roof, keeping the rain at bay even when the shingles can’t.
Speaking of shingles…
These are arguably the most visible component of your roof.
Roof shingles come in a variety of materials, such as asphalt, wood, and slate. They’re the “fashion statement” of your roof, and they’re responsible for keeping water and wind out of your home.
Finally, we have the flashing.
This is the metal that sits around vents, chimneys, and other penetrations in your roof. Its job is to prevent water from seeping into your home at these points of vulnerability. Think of flashing as the bodyguard of your roof, protecting the weak spots from intruders.
Roof gutters may not be the most glamorous feature of a house, but they play a vital role in protecting your home from water damage. Without them, rainwater would pour off the roof and onto the ground, potentially causing erosion, flooding, and even foundation damage.
Roof downspouts may not get the attention they deserve, but they’re the unsung heroes of your home’s drainage system.
Without them, your gutters would be like a clogged sink, overflowing with water and causing all sorts of problems. The downspouts are like the drain, directing water away from your foundation and keeping your basement dry.
Your roof is a complex system of components that work together to protect your home. The next time you’re admiring your roof, remember that it’s not just a pretty face – it’s a highly engineered structure that keeps you and your family protected.
When we say that we’re a top-quality home remodeling and roofing company that serves the North Shore and surrounding Chicagoland area, we back it up. We do more than simply cover the basics: we show up on time and nail it. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 847-768-6000 or visit our contact page.